This fascinating moated castle complex with the St. Sigismund castle chapel is a masterpiece of Late Gothic. It was built as a hunting lodge in the 15th century by the Wittelsbach Duke Albrecht III. It is surrounded by the River Würm and has a circular rampart, fortified towers and a moat.
Gifted to Princess Henriette Adelaide by her husband, Elector of Bavaria Ferdinand Maria, Nymphenburg Palace outside Munich is one of the most magnificent Baroque palaces in Germany. For 200 years it was the summer residence of the Wittelsbach dynasty.
One of its famous attractions is King Ludwig I’s “Gallery of Beauties” as well as the room where King Ludwig II was born. Hidden in the lavish park with promenades and canals there are four maisons de plaisance in Baroque style: Time seems to have stood still in the Amalienburg, Badenburg, Pagodenburg and the hermitage Magdalenenklause.
The town palace of the Wittelsbach family was the home and seat of government of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings. It is the largest palace located in a city centre in Germany and houses one of Europe’s major museums of interior design. The museum shows the styles of the palace as they developed over the centuries, with exhibits from the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Classicist periods.
Schleissheim Palace consists of a complex of three separate magnificent castle buildings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, linked by a spacious pleasure garden which was built after the model of the gardens of Versailles. To the west lies Old Schleissheim Palace with the neighbouring New Schleissheim Palace and, at the eastern end of the park, Lustheim Palace.